Things are heating up and the cruise season is kicking off in the month of May. May is the perfect month to jump on the cruise holiday bandwagon, as not only is it the start of summertime but you also have two May bank holidays to choose between.

For many cruising destinations, May is the start of the summer season and is when temperatures start heating up. Even though the sun is shining, the weather won’t be boiling and you’ll be able to enjoy your port excursions without searching for air-conditioning every two minutes.

The May bank holidays in the UK mean you’ll have two different long weekends to choose from, one at the start and one at the end of the month. If you’re planning a quick weekend away, these bank holidays are ideal, especially if you want to travel with the kids. If you’re wondering where to go in May, cruises can take you all over the world, from the Greek Islands to the Caribbean and even South East Asia. No matter where you’re looking to cruise to, the month of May has got you covered. Keep reading to find out where is hot in May!

The Greek Isles

May has always been a lovely time to visit Greece and its islands. Summer is just starting to break through and locals and visitors alike will be meandering through the cities and taking in the sights. On the Greek islands, the market stalls come alive with fresh produce and fish and the beaches start to fill up with sun worshippers.

The island of Crete is a top pick for any cruiser and the weather in May is fabulous. This islands stay the hottest for the longest time, out of of all the Greek islands and its average temperature is a pleasant 24°C. The warm weather is ideal for sightseeing and you can view the spectacular palace cities of Samaria Gorge and Knossos and Phaestos, without breaking a sweat.

Other Greek islands perfect for cruising to include Mykonos and Santorini. Mykonos is famous for its hundreds of whitewashed houses, framed by Venetian windmills and built within a maze of twisted alleys. Santorini is a place of almost mythological beauty and May is the ideal time to ascend the 895ft to the capital Fira. It can be reached by donkey, cable car or 600 steps.


There’s no better time to cruise to Croatia than in May. Croatia is one of Europe’s sunniest spots and you can expect an average of 12 hours of sunshine a day during May. This is also the start of Croatia’s summer, meaning you’ll have plenty of opportunities to bask in the heat of the Croatian sun.

There’s so much to see and do outside in Croatia and with the weather warming up May, it’s the ideal time to get out there and experience it all. Croatia is home to eight national parks, including the UNESCO listed Plitvice Lakes and Krka, both famous for their gorgeous lakes and waterfalls. Game of Thrones fans will love port excursions in beautiful Dubrovnik, where the city walls and forts were used as a set for the hit TV show.

You can set sail to Croatia with Marella Cruises as their ship, the Marella Celebration, visits Dubrovnik on its Adriatic Affair May itinerary.

South East Asia

Have you ever wanted to cruise to South East Asia? Well you can now tick it off your bucket list and holiday to the numerous shining coasts in the month of May. There’s plenty of places to cruise to including Phuket, Penang, Malacca and Singapore.

Singapore is South East Asia’s tourist hotspot and in May, things will definitely be heating up. If you’re looking for somewhere to really soak up that sunshine, Singapore is your best bet. Temperatures can be very hot in May, with averages around 27°C, over 9 hours of sunshine a day. Take a dip off Singapore’s coast and enjoy temperatures of around 30°C in the water.

There are plenty of beaches to visit in Singapore, as well as free waterparks and outdoor excursions to enjoy, including stand up paddling and snorkelling. If you’re travelling with the family, you can celebrate May 4th in style by visiting the Star Wars Day Festival. This fun-filled day starts off with a costume fashion parade and a Star Wars-themed marathon. The force will definitely be with you in May.

The Canary Islands

The Canary Islands boast a subtropical climate, meaning that in May, you’ll get sun-filled days with average temperatures of around 21°C. The Canary Islands are nicknamed the islands of Eternal Spring and that couldn’t be any more true than in May.

If you’re wondering where to specifically travel to, The Canary Islands have a whole host of popular destinations, including Lanzarote, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Tenerife. Tenerife is the most visited of the islands and has beautiful clear skies all year round. In May, the views will be simply incredible and you’ll be able to see the peak of its most famous mountain, Mount Teide. May is a great time to do a bit of sightseeing and outdoor exploring, when the weather is warm but not too hot and the main tourist draws aren’t as crowded.

If you want to enjoy Europe, the Mediterranean and even South East Asia without the boiling heat of summer, there’s plenty of cruises in May to choose from. All you have to decide is where you’d like to visit first!

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